Ongoing History Daily: Mike Shinoda’s resume

Mike Shinoda was not only a founding member of Linkin Park, but he was also a vocalist, their rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, primary songwriter, and producer. And although he’s of Japanese-American heritage, he’s also a distant relative of—get this Tchaikovsky. There’s more, too.

He’s got a bachelor’s degree in illustration, is a former graphic designer, runs a label called Machine Shop Records, and has a charitable organization called Music for Relief. Since 2005, Music for Relief has raised nearly $10 million for the victims of earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and hurricanes.

What else might he want to do? Mike loves politics and even worked as an election correspondent for a UK magazine.

We talked about the band Jet yesterday.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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